Trafalgar Offers Rare Encounter With Indigenous Tribe

Trafalgar has unveiled its 2020 Latin America itineraries, now featuring 13 trips across eight countries in three continents.

As part of the launch, Trafalgar has introduced a new guided vacation to one of the world’s hottest emerging destinations, Colombia, showcasing exclusive experiences to add to its portfolio of award-winning itineraries worldwide.

Trafalgar has made a name for itself through its innovative and immersive trips and experiences that enable clients to connect to the people and places in the destinations they visit. Its latest Colombia Rediscovered trip is an example of how the brand continues to innovate with this immersive 13-day itinerary.

On this trip, clients will visit the scenic Caribbean town of Santa Marta and Tayrona National Park to meet one of Colombia’s most influential families, the Davilas, champions of sustainable farming and the largest producer of organic crops in South America. They will join the family’s patriarch for a night of storytelling during a casual cocktail reception. The next day, guests meet the rest of the family at their private beachfront villa inside the national park for a “Be My Guest” experience including a Trafalgar exclusive with Colombia’s leading anthropologist, Dr. Santiago Giraldo, flown in from Bogota especially for Trafalgar’s guests. Clients will then have a rare cultural encounter as they meet members of one of the local Indigenous mountain tribes, an exchange only possible since Dr. Giraldo has been working with these tribes for many years, building a relationship of mutual trust and respect. These tribes rarely interact with outsiders, so Trafalgar guests get a simply unmatchable look into Colombian Indigenous life.

“Our experience and unmatchable connections in this part of the world have enabled us to craft this trip, packed with exclusive experiences for clients,” said Christophe Ghaye, Trafalgar’s chief product development officer of The Americas. “These unique experiences have been developed from the ground up with our local contacts to provide unprecedented access into the local life, history, culture and Indigenous heritage of Colombia that cannot be matched elsewhere, by anyone.”

This experience is not only enriching for guests, but is rewarding for the local Indigenous population. As part of the brand’s JoinTrafalgar sustainability initiative, this experience helps support the preservation of the traditions of these ancient tribes. In addition, Trafalgar’s parent company’s not-for-profit foundation, TreadRight, is offering direct support to Dr. Giraldo’s work with the ProSierra Nevada Santa Marta Foundation.

Other highlights in store for the 2020 launch include a five-day trip extension, Ecuador with ME to WE, in co-ordination with long-term partner, the world-renowned charitable WE Charity and ME to WE, where guests work side-by-side with members of the local community on a sustainable development project.

Trafalgar favourites including the brand’s three popular Peru itineraries as well as the 12-day Antarctica Peninsula Cruise – Land of Penguins and Icebergs trip are back for the 2020 season.